Singer, songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has announced the release of The Things That We Are Made Of. The new full-length album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb, best known most recently for his work with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson. In the press release Carpenter jokes that finding a producer is a ‘a little like looking for a date for the prom’.
Of the album, Carpenter comments, “Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that ‘yes’ is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family.”
Cobb adds, “I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She’s an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together.” Listen to lead track Something Tamed Something Wild below:
Travelling is all part and parcel of a singer’s life and Carpenter’s album brings this into focus on a number of songs – yearning for stillness when in motion, longing for adventure when in repose. “Do we ever stop dreaming of where we belong?,” Carpenter asks in “Map of My Heart”:
In celebration of the release, Carpenter will return to the UK and will headline Bob Harris’ “Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival” at Silverstone Woodlands on Sunday May 29. She will also be performing at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival on 30 July.
The Things We are Made Of is out 6 May on Lambient Light Records via Thirty Tigers.
Pre-order it via Amazon